Prospects in Theoretical Physics 2014

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String Theory

June 16-20, 2014

APPLICATION DEADLINE was February 15, 2014; no further applications will be accepted.

Program Description

From June 16 to June 20, 2014, the Institute for Advanced Study will offer the 13th annual Prospects in Theoretical Physics (PiTP) summer program on the Institute campus in Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

PiTP 2014 will focus on String Theory. The program has been scheduled this year to last for only one week (instead of the usual two weeks) and to take place in June (instead of the typical July dates) so that it will immediately precede the STRINGS 2014 Conference occurring in Princeton from June 23 to June 27, 2014. As usual, regular participants of PiTP 2014 will be advanced graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. This year, participants are expected to be actively working in String Theory. In considering applications to PiTP 2014, the Committee will give priority to applicants who also are registered participants in STRINGS 2014.


The members of the STRINGS 2014 Local Organizing Committee will serve as organizers for PiTP 2014.


A partial list of the topics that will be covered at PiTP 2014 is given below:

  • "Application of AdS/CFT" (Steven Gubser, Princeton University)
  • "Introduction to Higher Spins" (Simone Giombi, Princeton University)
  • "Introduction to Topological String Theory" (Hirosi Ooguri, California Institute of Technology)
  • "String Compactification" (Martijn Wijnholt, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
  • "Super-Symmetric Quantum Field Theories" (Nathan Seiberg, Institute for Advanced Study)

Other lecturers will be: Nima Arkani-Hamed (Institute for Advanced Study), Igor Klebanov (Princeton University), Juan Maldacena (Institute for Advanced Study), Alexander Polyakov (Princeton University), Herman Verlinde (Princeton University), and Edward Witten (Institute for Advanced Study).

Program Schedule

The tentative schedule can be found by selecting the "Program Schedule" tab at the top of this page.

Important Logistics To Note

*Individuals from IAS, Princeton University or other local institutions who are interested in attending the program as commuting participants are required to submit an application.

*Regular participants will be required to be in attendance for the full five days of the program, participating in all lectures and afternoon working sessions. Accepted auditors can attend on a more flexible basis.

*There is no registration fee charged for participating in the program, however participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses.

*Non-local regular participants can arrange for their own local accommodations, if they wished, or they may apply to stay in housing arranged for by the Program. Program housing will be in a Princeton University dorm located a short walk from the IAS campus. Accommodations will be shared, with semi-private baths.

*Regular PiTP participants who also register to attend STRINGS 2014 and who elect to stay in program housing will be given accommodations in a Princeton dorm for 13 nights (arrival Sunday, June 15 and departure Saturday, June 28) at the subsidized cost of $400 USD. If we are able to admit applicants who only wish to attend PiTP 2014, the accommodation charge will be $200 USD for the five nights of the PiTP program (arrival Sunday, June 15 and departure Friday, June 20). Under extremely special circumstances, additional housing financial assistance may be provided.

Accepted auditors will be responsible for their own accommodations. Please see the STRINGS 2014 web site for suggestions.

*We will provide regular PiTP participants staying in the dorm with all weekday meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from Monday, June 16 through Friday, June 20 at no additional charge. Meals will be served in the Institute dining hall.

Accepted auditors may purchase meals in the IAS dining hall during the week of PiTP.

If you have questions regarding the PiTP 2014 program, please contact:
Susan Higgins
Phone: (609) 734-8198